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You're Never Too Old To Learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

You’re Never Too Old To Learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Today, more and more people are realizing that age is nothing more than a number and one that shouldn’t set limits on what you do or what you learn. Getting fit and learning new skills can be accomplished at any age. While the pace of improvement physically may be faster for younger counterparts, you’re never too old to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It’s a sport more focused on technique rather than brute strength. Older participants often have some advantages over younger counterparts.

Older individuals often focus more on the learning process.

It can be pretty intimidating seeing far more buff, younger individuals in the same class as you are if you’re an older adult just taking up the sport. However, I found people who take it up at a late date in life are often more focused on the learning process, just for that reason. They may not feel they can be on equal footing with someone decades younger, but with the knowledge provided, may have a healthy chance. The process is more cerebral than physical, many times, which provides the more focused individual with more leverage.

Dedication to BJJ and learning is the key.

While there are no fast rules about people and how they act, since everyone is unique, I’ve often found that individuals that start with me at a disadvantage, whether it’s size, strength or age, are often more dedicated to doing what it takes to succeed. Ironically, it’s that disadvantage and the dedication it brings that helps them overcome their shortfall.

Staying fit with BJJ helps you stay younger.

People don’t wear out, they rust out. Inactivity is the real problem, not too much activity. While some of my students will never enter a competition, they do learn important self-defense skills and get fitter in the process. I am extremely proud of all my champions here, some of whom have received honors in the world of BJJ, while others are champions for overcoming the challenges they face in life. I have seniors who consistently work at staying or even getting healthy as members of both groups of champions.

  • Unfortunately in this country, often violence is aimed at those who are weaker or older. BJJ gives seniors the advantage of having the tools for self-defense, often surprising and overcoming these predators.
  • GD Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a family of people that provide friendship and support to one another. Extending your social world, regardless of age, is part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • The learning that takes place at our academy not only boosts physical health, it boosts cognitive thinking and mental health.
  • No matter what age you are, learning BJJ helps you understand that one loss is not the end, but just another learning experience and you can accomplish almost anything in life regardless of age, physical ability or gender.

Learn How To Defend Yourself

Learn How To Defend Yourself

It’s a complicated time to live. We have machines so sophisticated that are in everyone’s homes, yet just 50 years ago, they would have been considered science fiction and found only in the mad scientist lab. By the same token, those labor saving devices have left people overweight, leading to rising health issues. The more sophisticated we become, the less prone we are to learn self-defense. That also leaves us at the mercy of others in society who are more than willing to take advantage of that. You can learn how to defend yourself, while also getting fitter, solving two modern problems at once. BJJ—Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the best method of self defense, particularly for women.

BJJ was born because of a smaller stature.

Japanese Jiu Jitsu requires power and focusing on a number of different techniques. The Gracie family, especially Helio Gracie, narrowed the focus to create a martial arts technique that allowed those who are physically weaker or smaller to be able to defend themselves against much larger or stronger attackers. It uses leverage and the most efficient use of body strength and force to create that effect. One of the reasons it’s also so effective is that it deals with methods of fighting when the smaller person is laying on their back, which happens more often than not.

Self-defense does more than just help you protect yourself, although that’s important.

There are rising statistics on the amount of non-gun violent crime in our country per capita. It’s sad to say, but Tempe AZ has a 31% higher violent crime rate than the national average. That alone should be an invitation to learn how to protect yourself. However, there’s more to knowing self-defense, than just having it available if you are attacked. It also builds confidence. Just knowing you can handle yourself in many situations is a huge benefit. BJJ is a strategy style of self-defense. It helps you learn to slow or eliminate the fear factor that can paralyze you in a tough spot and help you think clearer under pressure. You don’t have to be in a danger of physical harm from another to benefit from clear thinking when you find yourself in a pressure cooker situation. You’ll be calm and an asset in times when others panic.

Protect your health and enjoy it, while learning self defense.

A program of regular exercise can help extend your life and keep you vital longer. If you’ve tried riding the stationary bike to nowhere and found it simply too boring or watched the clock continuously while you’re going through paces on the rows of exercise machines, you’ll really appreciate how quickly the time flies when you participate in BJJ. You’ll get a full body workout, but the focus is totally on the moves, so the time goes quickly. You’ll be in the moment the entire classtime, making you more apt to stick with it.

You’ll not only learn to protect yourself, you’ll learn to be more aware of your surroundings. The best defense is avoiding a confrontation and BJJ can help you be more aware of everything around so you can do that.

There’s always room to improve your technique and continuous challenges in BJJ. You can advance as far as you choose and never run out of goals.

One of the core foundations of any type of martial arts is not only respect for others, but also self-respect. You practice with a partner and also learn mutual respect.

I find that one of the biggest problems people have to overcome in life is lack of self-discipline. BJJ helps teach that. When you have self-discipline, you can overcome any obstacle. Often your biggest opponent in life is yourself.


Shed Pounds, Build Confidence With Brazilian Jiu Jitsu In Tempe

Shed Pounds, Build Confidence With Brazilian Jiu Jitsu In Tempe

There are so many reasons people come to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Tempe. Some choose it as a way to help shed pounds, others want to build confidence or simply learn a technique for self-defense. All of these are great reasons, but there are also many more. It’s an activity that keeps you constantly growing, since there’s no end to what you can learn and develop, even if you’re a grandmaster. The knowledge is unlimited and constantly growing. There are, however, some very good reasons it’s exceptional for weight loss.

It burns calories fast.

You’re using your entire body for this sport. However, you’re not focusing on the fat burning exercise, but on the technique and movements. You’re moving every part and getting a grueling workout that you might never do in a gym. You workout longer than you often would at the gym and the workout is similar to HIIT training. Sometimes, you’re moving at high intensity and other times, moderate, but you’re constantly moving. It burns between 3 and 5 calories per pound of body weight in training, compared to aerobic exercises that burn 2.9 calories.

You’ll workout longer and stay more focused because BJJ is fun and interesting.

Much of the training is learning the movements. It’s focus on technique is fun. It gives you a challenge each day and makes you want to come back. Let’s face it, no matter what program of exercise you do, you’ll lose weight and burn calories, but only if you stick with it. BJJ training makes you want to come back for more and leaves you excited to attend the next class.

You learn to be more aware of your body.

Commitment to the sport of BJJ certainly changes your perspective and teaches body awareness. With that comes respect for the body. You’ll be more aware of when you’re really hungry and when you’re not. It’s almost an exercise in mindful eating. As part of that awareness and respect, your thinking begins to You’ll develop a committed, disciplined attitude. Self-discipline is probably the hardest thing for people to learn. No matter who you are, it’s always a never ending battle against one form of temptation or another. BJJ helps you build that discipline.

  • The more you learn and the better you become, the more you want to learn. Unlike traditional weight loss programs where you shed the pounds and then cease the activity, BJJ keeps you interested and that helps keep pounds off permanently.
  • You participate at your own pace. You don’t have to do anything you’re not ready to do. You take each session at your own pace based on your ability and endurance.
  • BJJ helps build confidence. The more confidence you have, the more you believe in yourself and your ability to accomplish any task, even weight loss.


Improve Your Mental Health With Jiu Jitsu

Improve Your Mental Health With Jiu Jitsu

There’s no doubt about it, all research shows that there’s a body mind connection. Getting fit not only can make you stronger, with more endurance and flexibility, it can also help you think clearer and boost your attitude. Just like other physical activities, you can improve your mental health with Jiu Jitsu. However, Jiu Jitsu offers even more when it comes to mental health and boosting your mental well-being.

It’s more than just teaching the moves.

Whether training with traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu—JJJ or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu—BJJ, people learn not only respect for their opponent, but also for themselves. BJJ focuses on providing moves that help the smaller opponent overcome far stronger opponents. Think about it. Some issues in mental health have to do with the feeling of being small and lacking control. In fact, that’s often at the root of aggression issues. Studies show that it allows the student to get rid of internal aggression in an acceptable manner and learn self-control. It teaches that using non-physical methods to resolve conflicts as the first approach is the best approach.

BJJ builds self-confidence.

PTSD can affect anyone that’s been through a trauma that imprints fear for personal safety and brings vivid memories of feeling helpless and scared. BJJ helps people learn to protect themselves, so the body can slowly, but surely rewrite the script for their reaction. While it may seem counter-intuitive that placing oneself in an uncomfortable physical situation can help with fear and flashbacks, it isn’t. The student knows he or she is safe and learns was to deal with the confrontation in a calm manner, retraining the body’s reactions in the process.

BJJ and JJJ both require focus and being in the moment.

If pain from the past is causing mental issues in the present, the mindfulness learned in jiu jitsu can help. In order to properly defend yourself, you need to focus completely on the opponent and their moves. At least for those moments when you’re learning a new move or grappling with an opponent, you living in the moment, without being encumbered by the past. The more people train, the more they develop that focus and living in the moment, rather than in the past.

  • The total body workout of BJJ and JJJ can build strength and improve posture. Sometimes just walking taller and looking more confident changes not only how people feel about themselves, but also how others see them.
  • Jiu Jitsu teaches mental toughness and to face challenges head on.
  • Jiu Jitsu helps encourage mental health by focusing on principles that include discipline and respect, not only for others, but also for yourself.
  • Many mental health issues rise to the surface when the patient acts out the internal conflict or aggression in socially unacceptable ways like drug abuse, public hostility or self neglect. BJJ and JJJ provide a socially acceptable outlet.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, A Sport For Everyone

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, A Sport For Everyone

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman, anyone in Tempe AZ can practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It’s a sport that spans age, too. In fact, one of the grand masters and founders of BJJ, Helio Gracie, was both teaching and practicing BJJ just ten days before his death at 95. You can advance at your own pace, which makes it a sport that even the very out of shape can begin and gradually work toward a healthier fitness level and lifestyle.

Your size or strength doesn’t matter.

You expect your opponent to be bigger and stronger when you go to the mat. Size is of no consequence in BJJ. Helio Gracie was what we would think of as a small man, weighing in at 115 pounds that barely filled his 5’6″ frame. He practiced with his brother who taught Japanese Jiu Jitsu, which depends more on strength and speed, and lost matches consistently. That’s when he changed the techniques used to match his own size and used timing and leverage to take down an opponent rather than strength. It uses technique rather than brute force to win a match, so regardless of size, the person with the best technique wins.

Women can excel at BJJ.

While there are some very muscular, imposing women, on the average, most women are smaller in size than men and often not as strong. BJJ is a form of self-defense they can excel at regardless of size. Not only does it provide a means of self protection, it’s also extremely good exercise. There is no gender bias in this sport. The sport is all about technique and strategy. In fact, it’s often called the “game of human chess” because of that.

It’s extremely good exercise and can help you get into shape and shed pounds.

There are examples everywhere of people that began the sport just as a form of exercise to help them lose weight. Not only did they stick with it, they excelled and as they did, those unwanted pounds disappeared and they became fit. Unlike other types of workouts, the focus is on the fight, not how many repetitions you do. It’s on building technique. It’s one reason that people who have failed at following through with other forms of exercise, have succeeded with BJJ.

  • BJJ helps build discipline and character. It takes focus and discipline to succeed, which makes it excellent as a training tool for children. It teaches using taking responsibility and using techniques to subdue attackers with minimal force.
  • BJJ helps boost thinking power. Not only does the physical activity of the sport improve cognitive thinking, the actual planning and focus required during a spar is immense. You have to create a strategy on the fly, which is excellent brain training.
  • You’ll win, you’ll lose and you’ll realize that it’s the struggle and effort put in to win that really is important. Learning to accept failure and continuing is what builds both character and future growth.
  • It builds confidence, no matter what your age, size or sex. It’s the confidence that comes from practicing and succeeding, plus the confidence in knowing you can protect yourself.

Is Jiu-Jitsu Safe For Kids

Is Jiu-Jitsu Safe For Kids

As a parent, you want to do what is best for your child. I totally understand that. Helping them learn to live an active lifestyle and learning to eat healthy is an important factor in your child’s development. It sets them on the course for a longer, healthier life. There are many ways to achieve those goals, particularly the fitness goal. Brazilian Jui-Jitsu—BJJ—is one of those ways. Like any sport or physical activity, there will always be some danger of injury. Even ballet, swimming and running has their share and those are probably athletic endeavors most people would consider safe. Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu safe for kids? The key lies in the instruction.

The difference between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu is compartmentalization.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu roots come from Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, but its far more focused on ground fighting and grappling. It focuses on moves that allow the smaller opponent to submissions and leverage to protect and defend himself or herself from a larger, stronger opponent. It’s known as the “gentle art” for a reason. Even though your child will learn how to subdue an opponent, they also learn how to control their natural aggression. In fact, while it may seem counter-intuitive, martial arts are actually recommended for children with aggression issues, as well as those who are bullied. For those bullied, it builds self-confidence. For the aggressive, it provides an outlet while emphasizing self-control.

Careful instruction prevents injury.

Whether your child is playing in the backyard or running the bases in Little League, there’s always a chance of injury. That’s why any good Martial Arts coach always focuses on safety, whether the student is a child or an adult. I believe we have some of the best instructors, not only in Tempe, but in the country, and I know they not only do everything to ensure safety. They also teach self-discipline, which adds even one more element to a safe environment.

Kids get more than just a physical outlet from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Sure, BJJ is great exercise, but it does so much more for both children and adults. It builds confidence and respect. It doesn’t teach a child to be a bully, but rather how to defend one’s self against bullying without sinking to the same level. Respect for others is often neglected in today’s society, as well as today’s sports. We focus on self-defense and learning to discussing problems first to resolve issues. We emphasize that use of violence is not condoned and only used as a last resort to protect themselves. They develop the tools to protect themselves, no matter what their size or gender.

  • BJJ provides a full body workout, while also remaining fun. It is a sport that unlike many others, can be used to keep the body in shape for a lifetime.
  • Kids learn both discipline and goal setting when practicing BJJ. Achieving the next belt level is one way to show progress that is concrete, but BJJ instructors also focus on daily improvement.
  • BJJ helps improve coordination and body awareness.
  • The full body workout from BJJ training can help build muscle tissue and strength, improve flexibility and build quick reflexes. Those three attributes can actually protect your child from injuries that can occur in everyday life.



GD Jiu Jitsu Academy Shines at Fight to Win Pro 59

GD Jiu Jitsu Academy Shines at Fight to Win Pro 59

[By Danny O’Donnell]

Fight to Win Pro returned to Scottsdale, Arizona on Friday January 19th at the Victorium Sport
Center.

Team GD Jiu Jitsu had 6 competitors on the card: Nick Nelson, Aaron Wilson, Tyson Antillon, Josh Guerra, Beau Tribolet and Josh Rodriguez. Three competitors had no gi matches and 3 had matches in the gi.

Nick Nelson led off the card with a rear naked choke in a under a minute in a no gi match. After securing the back position early, Nick worked to lock in a rear naked choke that he was eventually able to finish.

Aaron Wilson was the second no gi match for Team GD on the night. Aaron was looking to
build upon his latest no gi success, placing second at the 2017 IBJJF No Gi Worlds. He opened up the match a beautiful takedown and transitioned straight into some aggressive guard passing. His pressure and dominant positions awarded him the decision victory.

The final no gi match for Team GD featured Tyson Antillon in a bout to contest for the Fight to Win Lightweight No Gi title. The beginning of the match saw Tyson and his opponent trade a variety of leg lock attempts. Tyson proved his attacks to be more formidable, locking in a heel hook to get the submission victory and the Lightweight title.

GD Jiu Jitsu brown belt Josh Guerra started off the team’s gi matches in very impressive fashion. Josh started the match by pulling guard and sweeping his opponent. He continued to set the pace throughout, earning more sweeps and dominant positions before securing the back position and a tight bow and arrow choke for the submission victory.

Coach Beau Tribolet was one of the first black belt matches of the night and was dominant all throughout the contest. He secured a takedown, guard passes and back takes and finished his opponent with a tight armbar.

Coach Josh Rodriguez capped off an amazing event with a sixth victory for GD Jiu Jitsu on the night. Josh used his highly effective lapel guard game to sweep his opponent and then worked multiple attacks on the feet to earn a unanimous decision victory. Congratulations to all the GD Jiu Jitsu competitors who represented our team so well on the Fight to Win stage!!